Photo: Marco Borggreve
Photo: Marco Borggreve

Stile Antico’s programme is a delightful mix of the formal and the informal, of sophisticated polyphony and folk-like dances. Alongside a glorious, richly-scored Christmas mass by the Flemish composer Clemens non Papa, Stile Antico performs traditional old-German carols and motets, many of them still familiar today. Amongst the highlights are Eccard’s infectiously joyful Übers Gebirg Maria geht and Praetorius’ double-choir Magnificat, which includes the carols In dulci jubilo and Josef lieber, Josef mein. An irresistibly festive performance!

‘An ensemble of breathtaking freshness, vitality and balance.’
New York Times

A Wondrous Mystery

arr. M. Praetorius/Vulpius: Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Clemens non Papa: Pastores quidnam vidistis
H. Praetorius: Magnificat Quinti Toni (incorporating carols: In dulci jubilo & Josef lieber, Josef mein)
Clemens non Papa: Missa ‘Pastores quidnam vidistis’
Eccard: Übers Gebirg Maria geht
Gallus: Canite tuba
Gallus: Mirabile misterium
M. Praetorius: Ein Kind geboren in Bethlehem
Eccard: Vom Himmel hoch
Hassler: Hodie Christus Natus est a 10
Lassus: Resonet in Laudibus